In response to a rising number of construction-related injuries and fatalities in 2017, New York passed a law requiring jobsites to have a site safety plan, a site safety coordinator/manger or a construction superintendent as well as proof that all workers have completed a minimum level of safety training.
If you have workers or supervisors on major construction or demolition projects with a Site Safety Plan in any of New York’s five boroughs, Local Law 196 of 2017 requires special training you need to be aware of for employers to be OSHA compliant:
Roles That Require Compliance
Regardless of whether they’re a general contractor or subcontractor, this law applies. While some roles are exempt from Site Safety Training, the following roles require it on NY job sites as of March 1, 2021:
If you’re unsure whether the new training requirements apply to certain workers or supervisors on your jobsite or have additional questions, you can reach out to the DOB at LocalLaw196@buildings-nyc.gov for more details.
Training & SST Card Tracking
The OSHA Education Center allows training to be completed 100% online in order to receive official SST cards. They also accept training certificates from any DOB-approved course provider.
The DOB requires all permit holders to maintain a daily log that lists all construction workers, demolition workers, supervisors and proof of their completed safety training. The SST cards will act as valid proof of SST training while on New York job sites. Without valid proof, employers won’t be able to allow workers and supervisors to enter a jobsite and they could face steep fines for non-compliance. Without accurate record keeping, OSHA inspectors may presume that all workers are non-compliant.
One convenient way to help track SST compliance is with worker profiles created in the Eyrus Platform. Along with other trackable attributes like certifications, emergency contacts, and contact tracing, you can track SST training compliance across all workers and supervisors in one place. To see how easy it can be, contact the Eyrus team here, or reach out to KnowMore@eyrus.com to schedule a demo.
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